merry amusements

December 18th, 2014

Interesting.  Skip to 23:50.  “So I joined the Communist Party”.  30:27.  “I cried at the end of Charlotte’s Webb.”  44:00.  Something about Star Trek.

Hm.

It’s official: dogs do not go to heaven.

December 16th, 2014

The New York Times makes errors.  The New York Times makes corrections.

An article on Friday about whether Pope Francis believes that animals go to heaven — a longstanding theological question in the church — misstated the pope’s recent remarks and the circumstances in which they were made.

Longstanding theological question?  I remember that my CCD teacher in high school had to dissemble on the question, but I didn’t know it goes back to Thomas Aquinas…

But it’s curious, because…

He spoke in a general audience at the Vatican on Nov. 26, not in consoling a distraught boy whose dog had died.

But that latter part makes for a much more heart-warming story.  Which explains why it was passed off in the “Telephone” game as such… somewhere along the line, someone decided they needed to make this story entertaining.

According to Vatican Radio, Francis said, in speaking of heaven, “The Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.” He did not say: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” Those remarks are reported to have been made by Pope Paul VI to a distraught child.

Where do dogs come into the picture?

An article on Nov. 27 in Corriere della Sera, the influential Italian daily, compared Francis’ comments to Paul’s, and concluded that Francis also believed that animals go to heaven.

Just reading into the words…

2016: all set in stone

December 16th, 2014

More depressing than 1988?

So sharpen your straight razors, people. The 2016 primaries on the Democratic side will feature Hillary Clinton ignoring a handful of protest candidates who never get any traction. And on the Republican side they will feature Jeb Bush coopting his most formidable opponents on his way to defeating a Rand Paul insurgency that more closely resembles Eugene McCarthy in ’68 than Ronald Reagan in ’76. And the general election will be the most-depressing of our lifetimes.

But what of this Youth Movement heralded in by Obama?

connecting dots all over the place

December 16th, 2014

Conspiratorially, I heard that the charges being shuffled in now against Bill Cosby have something to do with shutting him up regarding Ferguson.
Yeah, it struck me as a reach.

the perils of mocking totalitarianships

December 11th, 2014

As Hollywood prepares for tonight’s premiere of a comedy  film poking fun at the bizarre other world that is North Korea, two defectors have spoken out to remind us that the human rights abuses going on there are really no laughing matter.

Springtime for Kim Un and People’s Republic…

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, a defector and former officer of North Korea’s special forces described how he abandoned Kim Jong-un’s regime after watching chemical and biological weapons tests on disabled children and adults.

Winter for… uh…

Yeah.  That’s probably going to put a bummer as you laugh at the… hm.

“Complete Collection of Kim Jong Il’s Works” Vol. 9 was brought out by the Workers’ Party of Korea Publishing House. It is a library of the Juche idea and the Songun idea which deals with his works in a chronological order.
It contains 111 works published by leader Kim Jong Il from July, Juche 54 (1965) to May, Juche 56 (1967).
In the works including “On Establishing the Party’s Monolithic Ideological System in the Field of Literature and Arts” he underscored the need to ensure literary and art works depicting President Kim Il Sung at the highest level.

Or sleep at the…

What’s the balance on these things?  Charlie Chaplin as Hitler.  But then remember… beyond that funny mustache, he was an evil evil man.

converting to normcore

December 11th, 2014

The Wall Street Journal is funny.

Abercrombie and Fitsch.  Down 12 percent.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said its sales dropped 12% in the third quarter, much more than expected, thanks to slowing mall traffic and weaker results in the latter part of the period.

All good and well, but a question.

Abercrombie has been closing stores in an effort to improve U.S. margins, is restructuring its intimate-apparel brand Gilly Hicks and recently decided to remove logos from its apparel in response to teens that increasingly prefer unmarked attire. The company said sales of heavy-logo products continued to decline.

What the hell is a shirt from Abercrombie and Fitsch without a logo?

Theory number one.

Despite a string of similarly dreary results from Target (TGT), Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), and Macy’s (M), Abercrombie Chief Executive Officer Mike Jeffries said the summer business climate was “more difficult than expected,” and he seemed baffled by the bad news. “The reasons for the weak traffic we’ve seen in the U.S. are not entirely clear,” he said on a conference call this morning. “Our best theory is that while consumers in general are feeling better about the overall economic environment, it’s less the case for the young consumer.”

Or perhaps…

It’s simple trickle-down economics. When the money doesn’t flow far enough down the socioeconomic waterfall, no one is there to buy T-shirts with porcupines on them that read: “Do I make you thorny?” Of course, it’s entirely possible that the porcupine-tee market has gone cold apart from teenage job woes.  Maybe Abercrombie and its Hollister brand have simply fallen out of favor with its target demographic. So says Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business: “One generation of customers has moved on, and the next generation doesn’t see Abercrombie as cool,” he told Reuters (TRI).

Haven’t you heard?  The kids are all about “Normcore” these days!

Abercrombie’s past success was driven by brand power: selling basic attire at a big markup to teens eager to sport the A&F logo, once the ultimate symbol of cool. But teen tastes have done an about-face; logos are now shunned. In an attempt to resuscitate its brand, Abercrombie said in August it would remove logos from most of its clothing.

Can A and F sell Normcore?

laughing, ha ha ha, hee hee hee

December 9th, 2014

Looking about, I see this headline.

Three Reasons Why Putin Laughs At Impotent America

Sure, Despot he be, a KGB throwback who’s consolidated power wantonly and gleefully.  And yet… Powerless are we to do anything about Putin’s invasion into the Ukraine.  In part because… hm… hard to get Americans worked up.  We’re over here, they’re over there.

I was always fascinated by this line by America’s Castro lovers / sympathizers.  “He outlasted nine US Presidents”.  Sure did.  What a weak bunch, these American Presidents.  Willing to step down after a term’s over.

my typos are always interesting

December 9th, 2014

Curious, this shows up as a search phrase.  Someone looked this up on google.  Ended up on this page.

What does Toatalitarian mean

A mis-spelling, or quick typo.  Which would explain the logic of it coming up near enough to the front to get a hit.  And yet… google makes it a point to have the corrected version, meaning you have to take the effort to get the mis-spelling — click on the wrong term.

Interesting to see this come up… a book that…

In America we believe that rights are inherent. So we expand them until today they are toatalitarian. Now we are powerless to prevent out own destruction.

That’s American Liberal Democracy for you.  So bad that you can’t hire a proof-reader.

season’s greetings

December 3rd, 2014

Suggestion number one:  Don’t make a race-related gag about “Black Friday”.

Suggestion number two:  Don’t make a race-related gag about “White Christmas”.

Seriously, I don’t want to get stuck as too “politically correct” (and in my experience the only thing worse than political correctness is political incorrectness), but … come on.

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